Monthly Archives: April 2016

Spanish Village Art Center

Tucked between the San Diego Natural History Museum and the San Diego Zoo is the Spanish Village Art Center with its numerous studios and galleries. Just walking into the central plaza of the center is a visual delight, with the hand-painted concrete, displayed art, and, right now, the jacaranda and bougainvillea in bloom. The eye-popping colors are reason enough for

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Petco Park

Petco Park is the 12-year old home of the San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team that can seat 42,445 fans. I’m going to preface this article with two personal tidbits about me. First, I’m not a huge baseball aficionado. In my life, I’ve been to two games at the old Comiskey Park and one at its replacement, U.S. Cellular Field,

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Mount Palomar Observatory

Mount Palomar Observatory, about two hours northeast of downtown San Diego, is home to the 200-inch Hale telescope, an amazing astronomical instrument that’s been in continuous use since taking its first official image on 26 January 1949. The drive from San Diego to the observatory is quite scenic once you leave I-15 heading east on CA 76. You’ll pass through

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Portillo’s

Portillo’s brings a a taste of Chicago to Southern California with its Italian beef and sausage; burgers; hot dogs; and salads. Portillo’s has been a staple around Chicago since 1963.  I know. I grew up there, and every time I return to see family, I do my best to squeeze in a visit to Portillo’s for one of their Italian

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Plum Pottery

Plum Pottery is a bright, airy pottery studio and shop where you can see local artisans hunched over a spinning potter’s wheel forming their next creation. I stumbled across it as I explored South Park last weekend and decided to pop in for a visit. Three artists were there plying their craft, and they educated me about their little studio

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South Park

No, not the television show—the San Diego neighborhood on the southeastern edge of Balboa Park. South Park isn’t perhaps as well-known as its bigger brother, North Park, or its cousin, Hillcrest, but don’t let that stop you from visiting this charming, eclectic neighborhood with a true community feel to it. The heart of South Park is along 30th and Fern Streets,

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Liberty Public Market

San Diego’s recently opened Liberty Public Market will quickly become a foodie and beer enthusiast destination with its wide variety of offerings and fun, friendly atmosphere. You can get everything from fresh-cut flowers to empenadas, cheese (from Venissimo Cheese), massive hunks of beautiful beef, sea urchins, oysters, produce, Thai, burgers, lobster, pasta, salads, desserts, coffee, beer, wine, and even something

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